The Communication Crisis in America, And How to Fix It

  • Mark Lloyd
  • Lewis A. Friedland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Preface: New Approaches to Solving the Communications Challenge

  3. Preface: Communication Challenges in a Changing America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-48
    2. Mark Lloyd, Jason Llorenz, Jorge R. Schement
      Pages 49-63
    3. Carolyn M. Byerly, Alisa Valentin
      Pages 65-79
    4. Matthew D. Matsaganis, Vikki S. Katz
      Pages 81-94
  4. Preface: Government Capture and Market Failure

  5. Preface: Net Neutrality Is Not Enough

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-234
    2. Ernest J. Wilson III, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Michelle C. Forelle
      Pages 249-266
    3. Mark Lloyd, Lewis Friedland
      Pages 305-309
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-316

About this book


This book critiques U.S. public policy about communication and offers guidelines to improve public safety and create strong democratic communities. The lack of effective emergency communication, basic information about health care, education, jobs and the economy, and civic life is at a crisis state, creating problems for the whole community, not just a vulnerable few. The Communications Crisis in America is not because of changing markets or new technology, it is the failure of public policy. The authors include economists, sociologists, journalists, lawyers and a diverse group of media and communication scholars, all offering an urgent call to action and difficult, but achievable steps forward.  


Communications inequalities Communication ecology Communications industry Social issues Communications policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Lloyd
    • 1
  • Lewis A. Friedland
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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